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Zahara Jolie-Pitt’s biological mum reveals rape that resulted in her birth; denies dispute with Angelina

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Zahara Jolie-Pitt’s biological mum reveals rape; denies dispute

The biological mother of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s older daughter Zahara has revealed that the little girl was conceived after a rape.

Zahara was originally thought to be an orphan when Angelina adopted her from Ethopia in 2005 but her biological mother Mentwabe Dawit has now come forward to deny rumours she’s planning to challenge Angelina and Brad for custody.

Mentwabe explained that Zahara, who she had previously named Yemsrach, was born after a rape in 2004. Mentwabe told Reuters that she was walking home one evening after a day working at a construction site when a man approached her in the dark: “He pulled a dagger, put one hand on my mouth, so that I could not scream. He then raped me and disappeared.”

She kept her pregnancy a secret for as long as possible because she “feared the consequences of being raped in a community where rape is considered a taboo” but when she finally told her mother about her condition, “it was not as I feared. I found my mother understanding and consoling. She urged me not to do anything rash, which might endanger my life.”

She gave birth in the family’s home but was unable to feed the baby: “My baby was on the verge of death. She became malnourished and was even unable to cry. I was desperate and decided to run away, rather than see my child dying.”

Mentwabe’s family were unable to find her and assumed that she had died, so put the baby up for adoption. Mentwabe added: “My mother was not misled by anyone, as was alleged by some media outlets. Her motive was to save the child from dying which I fully understand.”

“I have never disputed the adoption of my baby by Angelina Jolie. I think my daughter is a very fortunate human being to be adopted by a world famous lady. I wish them both all the success they deserve.”

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Nov 20, 2007 14:29pm PDT